It was really great experience!

It was really great experience!

True to her personality, Ana was in good spirits after her quarter-final defeat, despite losing in straight sets to Russian Nadia Petrova. “It was really great experience,” she said. “Last year, I just start competing on this level. To reach quarter-final, it’s great.”

Even though she admitted she was “not feeling so great right now,” Ana was her usual charming self, smiling to reporters and answering questions thoughtfully. “I think she’s a very good player,” she said about her conqueror.

When the new rankings are released on Monday Ana will find herself at her highest ever position and is very well placed to achieve her goal of finishing 2005 ranked inside the world’s top 20. “I just want to improve my game,” she said. “Then I think the ranking will come automatically.”

Looking ahead to Wimbledon, where she was junior runner-up last year, Ana said: “I’m now going to really practice very hard. I had some things I learn, some things I have to improve. I want to go there (Wimbledon) and play my best tennis.”

By Gavin Versi